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Vincent J. Syracuse

Vincent J. Syracuse

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt, LLP

New York, NY, USA


Vincent J. Syracuse joined Tannenbaum Helpern during the summer of 1979 and founded our litigation department and is currently its Chair. As a general litigator for over 40 years, Vince has earned a reputation as a problem-solver, strategizer, tactician and aggressive advocate for his clients. Recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro area, he represents a variety of clients in commercial litigation in all New York State and Federal Courts on the pre-trial, trial and appellate levels and in various alternate dispute resolution forums including mediation and arbitration. He is also a mediator in the Commercial Division of the New York County Supreme Court.

Vince has been active for many years in numerous bar association activities and frequently chairs or participates as a faculty member in continuing legal education programs on various commercial litigation subjects, including the New York State Bar Association's extremely successful program on ethics and civility in litigation which he has chaired for over fourteen years. Vince has been a member of the NYSBA's House of Delegates. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section since 1994. He was the Section's Chair in 2009-2010, having previously served as Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair and three terms as the Section's Treasurer. The Section honored Vince with its nominations in 2007 and 2012 for the NYSBA's Attorney Professionalism Award recognizing him as a "tireless advocate for ethics and civility in New York." In March 2010, Vince was appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to the Ethics Commission for the Unified Court System which monitors the annual financial disclosure statements within the judicial branch of the New York State government. Vince is also a member of the NYSBA's Committees on Attorney Professionalism and Continuing Legal Education. He writes the monthly Attorney Professionalism Forum in the NYSBA Journal.

As a member of the Advisory Committee for the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and a former Chair of the Commercial Division Committee, Vince has helped shape the development of the Commercial Division since its inception in New York and Monroe Counties, and subsequent expansion to several counties throughout the State of New York. The Advisory Committee acts as liaison between the bar and the Commercial Division and has created a mechanism that allows practitioners in the Commercial Division to express their views about the structure of the Commercial Division, and comment on various matters of Commercial Division practice, including the definition of a "commercial case." Vince has been directly involved in the drafting of the Commercial Division rules that have refined the criteria for the assignment and retention of cases in the Commercial Division, and govern practice in the various Commercial Division venues.

Vince has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 every year that selections were made.

Practice Areas:

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Areas of Expertise:

  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Appellate practice
  • Corporate
  • Real estate
  • Law firm liability
  • Attorney and Accountant malpractice
  • Professional responsibility
  • Lender liability
  • Staffing
  • Employment law matters

Education:

Law School: Brooklyn Law School, 1969, J.D.

Honors: Member, Brooklyn Law Review

College: Brooklyn College, 1966, B.A.

Prior Affiliations:

Kaye Scholer LLP, 1973-1979

Law Clerk to John F. Scileppi, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York, 1970-1973

Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York (Appeals Bureau), 1969-1970

Arbitrator in the Civil Court of the City of New York and in the Prudential Securities litigation (SEC v. Prudential Securities Incorporated)

Memberships:

Professional:

  • Member, Independent Judicial Screening Panel of the Judiciary Committee of the New York County Democratic Party, 2013
  • Commissioner, the Ethics Commission for the Unified Court System, 2010-
  • Member of the New York County Advisory Committee for the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Attorney Professionalism, 2010-
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Continuing Legal Education, 2012-
  • New York State Bar Association (Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Chair 2009-10, Chair-Elect 2008-2009, Vice Chair 2007-2008, Treasurer 2004-2007)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, 1994-
  • Chair, Commercial Division Committee, 2003-08
  • Chair, Committee on Complex Civil Litigation, 1995-2003
  • Member, Committee on Business Torts, 1989
  • Member, Committee on Commodities and Futures Law, 1983-1985)
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, (Member, Committee on the State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, 1985-1988)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections)
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Nassau County Bar Association

Civic:

  • Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Munsey Park, Manhasset, NY, 1994-2006
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Mitchell College, New London CT, 2004-

Others:

  • Member, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State
  • United States District Courts - Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals Second and Seventh Circuits
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Supreme Court

Award Recognitions:

  • Super Lawyers: 2006 – 2013
  • Super Lawyers: Top 100 Lawyers in New York Metro 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Pre-eminent Rating
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